TLC BYTES BISTRO – Knowledge Session Descriptions     



myClass Assignments 
You will learn how to create assignments effectively, how to grade them, how to give feedback and prevent possible technical issues.  

Gradebook Lite 
Blackboard’s Full Grade Centre is a robust grading and assessment tool that can be customized to the needs of any instructor. Normally, a two-hour workshop is provided to understand all the features it has to offer. This workshop will demonstrate the essentials of the tool, such as marking submissions and adding columns manually. It will also answer any specific questions you may have.  The two hour workshop is also highly recommended.  

Tests/Quizzes in myClass 
You will learn how to set up tests/quizzes effectively, how to grade them, how to give feedback, how to use access logs, and prevent possible technical issues.  

5 Steps to Universal Design Skills  
You will learn how to   

Refresh you myClass Learn Skills 
This workshop will provide you with an overview of myClass Essentials - Blackboard Learn. The workshop will save you time providing you with the essentials in using myClass (Blackboard). Topics include: how to navigate Blackboard, how to personalize your course, and how to use Blackboard tools to add and organize course content. We will discuss design issues and best practices for online courses. 


Introduction to Collaborate Ultra  
Blackboard Collaborate (web conferencing) will be moving to the Ultra experience-a fully browser-based, modern, and intuitive interface. Use Ultra for Virtual Classroom, office hours, tutoring and mentoring sessions, and departmental meetings. 

Participants in this workshop will get a solid foundation, enabling them to successfully deliver live, interactive Blackboard Collaborate Ultra web conferencing sessions. Participants will learn how simple Ultra is to deploy with its new design and to effectively manage the session communication tools, display PowerPoint content and record sessions for later playback.  

Improve Student Writing with Turnitin 
This 60 minute workshop will provide you with an overview of Turnitin and get you access to UFV’s license. Turnitin’s Originality Check feature can help students and instructors detect plagiarism by comparing student work to an extensive online database. compares student papers to the current and archived web, other student work, millions of journal articles and e-books. As a learning tool, Turnitin helps students see and understand the importance of proper citation and referencing in their academic work. 

It is UFV’s mandate that this tool be used as a learning tool for students. Faculty members can set up a Turnitin assignment where students can submit papers several times up to the assignment deadline. Once the deadline arrives, the assignment currently submitted is the final version. By allowing students to see the originality report prior to final submission, students can ensure their papers are not plagiarized. (Proper set up of the assignment is required as paper titles, bibliographies, and common phrases can be highlighted as plagiarized text. Visit the Teaching and Learning Centre for assistance.) 

myClass Full Grade Centre
This is an advanced workshop. First hour, we will provide an overview of the Full Grade Centre. We will review the basics for faculty who want to manually create columns to provide grades and feedback. We will then look at other tools to help you to manage the grade centre, such as Column Organization, Categories and Smartviews. We'll go over Weighted Grades vs. Total Column. Second hour, we'll have an open lab time to discuss case scenarios or a time to address any other areas of Blackboard.  

Adding Video with Kaltura(1 hour– Computer Lab) 
Are you creating video assignments in your course? Create video introductions? I’ll be demonstrating the Kaltura building block in Blackboard Learn. You will learn how to: 

  • access the tool in Blackboard 

  • capture from your webcam 

  • upload audio/video 

  • guideline for student assignments 

myClass Essentials - Blackboard Learn Intro 
This workshop will provide you with an overview of myClass Essentials - Blackboard Learn. The workshop will save you time providing you with the essentials in using myClass (Blackboard). Topics include: how to navigate Blackboard, how to personalize your course, and how to use Blackboard tools to add and organize course content. We will discuss design issues and best practices for online courses. 

Note: You may wish to bring a digital photo or avatar of yourself to create a welcome message during the workshop. You may also wish to bring a course syllabus, or other course content to upload.  

myClass ePortfolio 
In this workshop participants will learn how to use the Portfolios tool to create and edit digital portfolios, how to save and add digital artifacts, and how to share portfolios with others inside and outside of UFV. We will also discuss best practices for organizing and displaying content. This is a hands-on workshop so please bring some digital photos or documents to start building your portfolio. Pre-registration is required. 



Apps that promote Collaboration and Engagement 
Apps that promote...  

Using Google Docs as a Collaborative Learning ToolIf you or your students need to work collaboratively on a document, presentation, or spreadsheet but can’t meet in person, how would you do it? That’s right, Google Suite is about the only option, and it’s free. Its power, convenience and simplicity also makes it a very attractive tool for students, faculty and staff. 

Join this 30-minute Google Docs workshop to better understand how to set its sharing and security features through Google Docs and Drive to make your collaborations flexible and secure.  

Making Online Easy to NavigateLet’s look at your course from a student’s perspective and see how we can best lay out your course so students can intuitively roll through it like they would flip through a good book.  We’ll explore the structure of the course and how hyperlinks, embedding media and redundancy can allow students to access your activities and resources quickly and easily.  

Going Mobile
Now more than 70% of online learners in a recent survey reported improved motivation to learn when they were able to use their mobile devices to navigate the course successfully. We can’t miss this opportunity.  Make sure your online or hybrid courses are as mobile friendly as possible within Blackboard Learn. This course will give you 5 totally adaptable tips to help your course go mobile.  

Spicing it up with wikis and blogs
Now more than ever...  

Making formative quizzing fun with Kahoot 
Low or no stakes formative assessment via quizzes is always a great way to ensure everyone is getting it, and quizzes are typically expected and desired. Let’s add a formal not-for-marks quiz in Blackboard and a fun Kahootthat you can use in class. We will look at some of the common obstacles instructors face when setting up a Blackboard quiz or a Kahoot! 



Kahoot Classroom Participation & Quizzes
Kahoot is a free, interactive tool that allows teachers to create tests, quizzes, surveys, etc. and play them in the classroom on any device (e.g., smartphone, tablet, or laptop) with an internet connection with instant results and high engagement from students/ learners. 

In this workshop, participants will learn: 

  • how to create a fun learning game using multiple choice questions in minutes (‘Kahoots’); 

  • how to add videos, images and diagrams to questions to amplify engagement; and 

  • how to encourage players to create and share their own Kahoots to deepen understanding, mastery and purpose.  

Spark Up Your Discussion Board 
This workshop explores ways we can make your Blackboard discussion boards even more engaging for students by using some handy tools that we already use, such as Kaltura video.  Walk out with ready-to-apply tools and strategies that will enhance the all-important learning community you build in your Blackboard discussion forums.  Participants will discover how to add video and images to a Blackboard discussion forum and analyze inviting inquiry strategies for online discourse. 

Using Google Suite apps to help facilitate learning 
You will be able to effectively use Google Suite applications as active collaboration tools to help facilitate learning in an online or F2F class.  

Have you ever wanted to share a document and edit it synchronously? Google Docs will facilitate this. Questions that may come to mind: Where do you store files, docs, or slides? Who creates them? How do you share them? How is it saved and how is it edited? Are they secure? 

This workshop answers all these questions.  

What you need:  
A Gmail account and if you have a laptop please bring it.  

myClassWorkshop – Student Self and Peer Assessment Tools 
Peer assessment is not one of the most popular activities in the classroom, but it can be one of the most effective in promoting learning. Blackboard’s Self and Peer Assessment tool can alleviate some of pitfalls of peer assessment, such as anonymity and grading.   

Blackboard’s peer assessment tool is a simple and effective vehicle where students can improve the skill of giving and accepting constructive criticism while enhancing their work and the work of others. 

Discover the potential of Blackboard’s Self and Peer Assessment. Join us in this 30-minute workshop to find out how you can create engaging, effective and (even) enjoyable self and peer assessments for your hybrid and online classes.  

Touch Screen Computer Training (15 minutes) 
A number of classrooms on the Abbotsford campus are being updated with new touch screen computers.  Join us for a quick 15 minute lesson on the use of this new equipment. 

Smartboard Training:  Making the most of it (30 minutes) 
This 30-minute workshop will introduce you to features the Epson Smartboard can offer you and your students to enhance learning in your classroom. The session will: 

  • Demonstrate how to connect the Smartboard to a PC and use split screens. 

  • Discuss and present the benefits to the Smartboard over a traditional whiteboard. 

  • Consider ways of applying its features to your application for the benefit of your students. 

  • Describe how to connect remote users to view in interact with content on your whiteboard. 

We will leave some time to get hands-on experience so you can try out this new and exciting technology. All you need to bring is your passion to explore new ways of delivering content and engaging students in your classroom.  

A Smorgasbord of Apps for the Classroom Workshop (1 hour – Computer Lab) 
In this learning and sharing session, you’ll learn how to use a variety of online apps to enhance your face to face and virtual teaching.  Also, you’ll have the opportunity to share and learn from others about your favorite apps for use in the face to face and online classroom.  Be prepared to walk away from the workshop with a list of new tools.  Feel free to log in to one of our computers during the session or to BYOD (Bring Your Own Device).  All levels of technology users are welcome.  

Virtual Reality - 360 Degrees to Learning (1 hour) 
In this workshop, learners will have a chance to work with emerging technology of 360 degree photos and videos and simple virtual reality gear (google cardboard style). The focus will be on the technology, and how it can be used in the classroom.  Learning objectives: 

  • Describe some potential uses of 360 video and still images for educational purposes 

  • Be able to shoot, post & manipulate 360 degree videos and stills online 

  • Understand the rules of composition and shooting in 360 degrees 

Get up to speed on eTexts and eReaders (30 minutes) 
This 30-minute workshop will explore ways you can introduce and support mobile learning through eReader applications, eArticles and eTextbooks. You will learn about eBook formats, such as ePub and how students can highlight and make notes on them with applications such as Xodo or Prestigio. We will also introduce you to Calibre, a way to create your own eBooks. We will also look at various ways students can store their marked-up documents for easy access. Bring your phone.  

Using Padlet as a Collaborative Teaching Tool (30 minutess, computer lab) 
Have you ever had students brainstorm using Post Its? Have you been in a workshop that had groups create a wall of Post Its? It is a fun, engaging and excellent activity to learn, collaborate and reflect.  

Padlet allows you to do just that in F2F, hybrid and online classes. You can use Padlet as a way to flip classroom, too. Embed Padlet into your Blackboard course so students don’t feel they are using external apps. Here’s an example of a Padlet used to brainstorm teaching ideas.   

This workshop will demonstrate how to use Padlet to it maximum potential and allow you to create and share your own for others to contribute to.   

Setting up your Personal Video Recording Space (at home) (30 mins, computer lab) 
2017 has seen a lot more instructors offering online virtual office hours and online synchronous classes from home. 2018 promises even more of this mode of communication with students. Is your home audio/video environment set up to support this?   

To achieve an effective synchronous online session, we must consider our personal roomaudio setup and equipment. For example, lighting, audio, and Internet connection should be set up well in advance so you and your students can get the most of your online sessions.  

Join us in this 30-minute workshop to make sure you know how to set up an effective environment conducive to online synchronous sessions.  


Teaching Matters 

Designing Rubrics (1.5 hours) 
Review the Best Practices with the design of rubrics.  Areas of discussion are: communication practices, criteria, differences between Analytical and Holistic Rubrics, and activities involving the design of rubrics.  

Folio Thinking (1 hour) 
Review the Best Practices for incorporating e-Portfolio in your teaching and learning practices, including: assessment and feedback, design elements and embodying reflection in e-Portfolio. 

Making Marking Manageable:  3 Tips to Grade Written Work Efficiently and Effectively (1 hour) 
This workshop will share 3 evidence based ‘tips’ for making written works (essays, reports, etc) that have been shown to be both effective (make the grading and learning experience) and efficient (strategies to save time for the instructor).   There will be activities to engage in the ‘tips’ and a period for discussion.  

Peer Evaluation:  The Issues: The Considerations, The Potential (45 minutes) 
This workshop will explore the nature of peer evaluation and consider both possibilities and controversies.  Best practices according to current literature will be discussed and options and experiences of educators at UFV will be shared. 


Learning Institutes 

Instructional Skills Workshop 

The Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) is offered to a group of five or six colleagues and is designed to enhance the teaching effectiveness of both new and experienced educators. During the 3 ½ day workshop, participants design and conduct three "mini-lessons" and receive verbal, written and video feedback from the other participants who have been learners in the mini-lessons. 

Using an intensive experiential learning approach, participants are provided with information on the theory and practice of teaching adult learners, the selection and writing of useful learning objectives with accompanying lesson plans, techniques for eliciting learner participation, and suggestions for evaluation of learning. 

The workshop encourages reflection and examination of one's teaching practices with feedback focused on the learning process rather than on the specific content of the lesson. 


Facilitators Development Workshop 

The Facilitator Development Workshop is designed primarily for individuals who will be conducting the ISW at an institution. It is recommended that individuals participate in an ISW prior to applying for the FDW. The FDW provides individuals with an opportunity for professional development in a challenging and supportive atmosphere and provides connections to a larger instructional development network. 

The FDW is a peer-based model providing participants with a small group setting in which to work on facilitation skills. The small groups meet in plenary sessions each day featuring such themes as: diverse learners, collaborative learning, and feedback models. 


Indigenizing the Curriculum Workshop 

The IDC is a fascinating opportunity that provides strategies and techniques which addresses the absence of Indigenous ways of knowing and history in the curriculum. For the most part, faculty members agree that being more inclusive in their teaching provides a greater depth of learning for students, however, most are unsure how this can be done. At times, the fear of making a mistake prevents faculty members from including this information. More than just having a reading or guest speaker, to indigenize the curriculum is to weave this material throughout the course. 

In this hands-on, three-day workshop, participants will be provided the opportunity to experience aspects of Indigenous culture, traditions, scholarship and learning strategies that can be incorporated into a wide variety of courses and programs. 


New Faculty Kick Start 







What’s brewing in your classroom?

Meet with Dr. Maureen Wideman to discuss your ideas and challenges. She can help you reach your teaching goals and develop great learning experiences for students.

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